Women and the Law Clinic

Student attorneys in the Women and the Law Clinic represent clients in cases spanning family law, immigration, public benefits, domestic violence, employment, housing, education, and student debt, all with a focus on how clients’ gender, race, nationality, disability, and economic status affect their experiences in the legal system and within the lawyer-client relationship.


Our Areas of Focus

The program offers a learning environment that focuses on case preparation, courtroom experience and one-on-one working relationships with experienced instructors. Supervision and instruction emphasize litigation strategy and the skills necessary for effective lawyering. Class work and supervision promote reflection on what a lawyer’s role should and can be. Individual and class instruction also focus on the lawyer-client relationship and client-centered representation.


Meet our Faculty and Staff

Ann Shalleck

Professor of Law, Director of Women and the Law Clinic


Professor Shalleck is a Professor of Law at WCL and the Carrington Shields Scholar. She founded and directs the Women and the Law Program and Women and International Law Program. She teaches the Women & the Law Clinic, Family Law, Feminist Theory and a seminar on Legal Theory and Legal Pedagogy. She writes and lectures widely about gender and the law, clinical education, gender and international law, and family law.

Jean C. Han



Jean C. Han is a Practitioner-In-Residence in the Women and the Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining WCL, Professor Han was a clinical teaching fellow at the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown, where she taught in an asylum clinic in which students represented torture and trauma survivors and asylum seekers in hearings before immigration courts.

Diane Weinroth

Supervising Attorney


Diane Weinroth has taught at WCL for more than 20 years as a clinical instructor and supervising attorney with the Women and the Law Clinic. She is special counsel at Children’s Law Center, Washington, D.C. where she was also a member of the founding board of directors. She is a co-author of the first edition of Practice Manual for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in the District of Columbia, has been a contributing columnist for Child Welfare Practice, trains attorneys frequently in family law and child abuse and neglect, and has written and edited many training materials for the D.C. Bar, the D.C. Family Court Self-Help Center and other programs.

Lisa Flores

Sr. Administrative Assistant


Lisa Flores is the senior administrative assistant for the Women and the Law Clinic.